A rare find; snaps of Sridevi with Jackie Shroff together!
The '80s stars rarely did films together but Jackie Shroff has always praised Sridevi for her immeasurable talent. Shot just after the duo won their first Best Actor and Best Actress awards for a Hindi film (Sridevi had already won before for Tamil films), their gleeful shots have 'winner' written all over it.
Jackie Shroff won for his role in the Mumbai mafia drama Parinda (1989) and Sridevi for her glorious double-act in Chaalbaaz (1989). There was hefty competition that year for Best Actor (newbie Aamir Khan for Raakh, the intellectually stunted Anil Kapoor for Eeshwar, the flawed romancer of Sridevi, Rishi Kapoor in Chandni and the birth of a superstar Salman Khan in Maine Pyar Kiya) but, Jackie's underplayed and understated performance won him the coveted trophy.
With Sridevi, well, it bears repeating but she literally had no competition... other than herself. With six back to back releases (1989 - Chaalbaaz, 1989 - Chandni,1989 - Gair Kanooni, 1989 - Guru, 1989 - Joshilay, 1989 - Nigahein), two of the biggest hits (blockbuster Chandni and the hit Chaalbaaz credited almost entirely to her despite the presence of Sunny Deol and megastar Rajnikanth), Sridevi was a shoe-in to win. And she did. Though Chandni remains her most iconic role [and alter-ego on cinema according to writer/editor Bhawana Somaya], the flawed but fabulous Chaalbaaz helped Sridevi grab one of her many awards.
These snaps, shot by ace photographer Rakesh Shreshta, are a personal favorite of both Jackie Shroff and Sridevi, the carefree and casual-chic shoot is super-duper cute.